By James Cassara
Posted September 29, 2015
Ode To Thinking
Every once in a while an artist with whom I am unfamiliar comes along and knocks my socks off. Bobby Long is such a voice; brilliant song craft, understated but powerful arrangements, and a clear vision of what it should be, makes Ode To Thinking the disc I’ve most listened to this month.
Producer Mark Hallman provides the textural backdrop while Long immerses the listener in a series of vivid portraits of long gone hard, the down and out striving to escape, and the subtle victories that keep us going. “Cold Hearted Lover of Mine” is the standout track but there’s not a song here that isn’t deeply moving and powerfully strummed. And despite its themes of desperation, Ode To Thinking is a remarkably upbeat and hopeful journey.
This is what Nashville should be all about, making Bobby Long’s latest an essential purchase. *****